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tv   Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Commencement Address  CSPAN  May 31, 2016 1:14am-1:30am EDT

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focused on technological advances in the aviation and is the best aviation industry -- technological advances in the aviation industry. >> good morning and thank you. thank you for this exceptional recognition. i cannot tell you how much it means to me. thank you to all of you parents who have been through so much to see your sons and daughters here today. thank you to the distinguished guests, faculty, friends and family and most of all, thank you to the students. it is an honor and privilege to be addressing the class of 2016. i know the road to get here probably was not easy. many of you are part of the first generation of your family
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to go to college and reach this milestone. i know what it feels like. that was my story as well. i grew up in a little place called riverside, california. although both my parents were born in this country, neither of them spoke english until they went to school. my dad did not finish high school. but my parents were big, big believers in the power of education. they instilled that belief into their children, my three sisters and myself. they taught us that learning equals opportunity. there was never a question in their mind as to whether we were going to go to college. we would and we did. what i remember the most clearly from my graduation day was the look on my parents faces.
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they were so proud and a bit relieved that they could call me a college graduate. they were thrilled about what that accomplishment meant for future generations of our family. i see that same look on the faces of many parents, many siblings and you, the graduates. i know that getting here required hard work and sacrifice on the part of you to graduates, and your families. and so really, congratulations to all of you. today is the culmination of your time here at vaughn. you've got a top-notch education in your entering the industry had a very unique moment in our history. aviation is safer than it has ever been. we have practically eliminated
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all the common historical causes of accidents. our work is a model for aviation authorities all around the world. and at the same time, we all know that technology is changing our industry at work speed and it's showing no sign of slowing down. in fact, aviation has changed very dramatically just in the time that you have been here at vaughn. back in 2012, unmanned aircraft were, if you pardon the expression, barely a blip on the radar. but today my friend got her boy a drone santa for christmas. i've even seen a flying drone taxi. advancements,thse
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building on our safety record is getting more challenging all the time. and how do we ensure that our airspace is going to work for everyone who wants to use it? and how do we do that without stifling innovation? we grapple with answers to those questions each and every day at the faa. we are working in an industry that is used to operating in black and white. but more and more, the scenarios that we are dealing with our shades of gray. you have probably been talk that "risk" is a bit of a dirty word in aviation. we don't like it. we try to root it out in any way we can. going to let you in on a little secret. our industry needs more risk takers. we need people who will challenge the conventional wisdom. we need people to think outside of the box.
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to ask questions that we are not considering to operate in those gray areas. risktakers are responsible for some of the greatest feats we have had in aviation. the wright brothers defined the excepted science of their day when they designed and built the first airplane, and they proved it was possible to take off and then to land in one piece. charles lindbergh pushed the boundaries of what we thought aircraft are capable of when he completed his nonstop flight across the atlantic ocean in a single engine airplane. amelia ehrhardt did it when she became the first person to fly solo across the pacific to oakland.onolulu elon musk's spacex recently landed on a barge the size of a
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football field, and then he did it again. that feat alone will reduce the cost of rocket launches by about 70%. all of these advancements were made possible because someone's willing to ask a very simple weston. ask a simple question. --?" if with a degree from vaughn in your back pocket, you are ready to start answering some of those questions. that is exciting, not only for me as head of the faa, but for our entire aviation industry. because you are our next generation who will help us define what life can be and where it is going to take us in the 21st century. we need your ideas, we need your talent, and we need you to be risktakers.
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sometimes taking risks is incredibly scary. especially right now, when you are first starting out. feeling you're already the pressure to get on the right path. for some of you, maybe it seems like there are 100 different doors to choose from. and all of those options can feel pretty paralyzing. you don't want to make a mistake. for others, it may seem like the specialized education you receive has already wed you to one industry, and you might be getting cold feet. no matter where you are, rest assured, it is normal. you are not supposed to have everything figured out right now. your future is going to be filled with unexpected opportunities and unanticipated setbacks. if you can accept that now, you can find a lot of freedom.
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i want to tell you a quick story about one woman and lives unpredictable turns. from the time jerry cobb climbed into the cockpit of her dad's 1936 bi-plane, she knew she wanted to follow him into the air. she got her commercial license today she turned 18, but there were not a lot of opportunities out there for a female pilot. it was 1949, and too many boys home from the war needed jobs. she didn't let that stop her. she took the gigs no one else wanted, and she spent time honing her skills. after setting records for speed, distance, and altitude, and after becoming the first woman to fly at the paris air show, the opportunity to fly even higher than she had ever dreamed was presented to her. she was chosen to become part of the mercury 13, the first group
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of women to train as astronauts. but when the time came for nasa to select their crews, they decided that all potential astronauts needed military test pilot experience. since women were not allowed to fly in the military at that time, jeri and the rest of the mercury 13 were grounded. that would be devastating news for anybody, but she was pretty resilient. she found comfort in her lifelong passion for flight and she began performing work as a missionary in south america. for the next 35 years, she transported supplies to tribes
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in the amazon jungle and mapped new air routes to remote areas throughout south america. the world took notice of her humanitarian efforts and she was nominated for a nobel peace prize in 1981. i'm not telling you the story because i think you have to go out there and win the nobel prize. i'm sure everyone here at vaughn would not mind if you did. i'm telling you this because sometimes you are going to miss out on the dream job, or you are going to make a wrong turn, or you are going to need to start over. that's ok. you're going to have setbacks. it's how you deal with them that will define the height of your success. it's really easy to get hung up on having the right title or being associated with the most prestigious project. but when you move back on your career, what you are going to be more likely to remember is how your work affected people. your job is only one part of who
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you are. make time for your family, be there for the important moments, and never get so caught up in what you are doing that you forget why you are doing it. our aviation system is vast and complex and has a million moving pieces to it. but all of it, every single bit, can be traced back to one day. december 17, 1903, on a sandy stretch of the beach near kitty hawk, north carolina. on that day, orville and wilbur wright laid the first brick on what would become the foundation for our industry. and people like charles lindbergh and elon musk have been building on it ever since then. for the last four years, you have studied all the great who came before you and you have learned from your own mentors here at vaughn college. now it's time to make your own
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contributions to the great legacy of american aviation and american aerospace. but you won't just be defined by those contributions. one day it's going to be your turn to give back and help cultivate a new crop of risk takers. i guarantee you, some bright kid someday is going to call you up for device, and you may be too busy. you are going to wonder what you could possibly say to them that they would find useful. take that call anyway, because that conversation will have the potential to change someone's life. and that is how you build your legacy in this industry.
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by taking risks, by pursuing work that matters, and help the next generation do more than you could ever dream of. so congratulations to the class of 2016, and welcome to this industry. [applause] announcer: on wednesday and thursday, june 1 and second, c-span will be live on the mexico border to talk about trade issues. on wednesday, we will look at immigration with breitbart texas. about the players involved, the area, and humanitarian aspects of the issue. and then a local immigration lawyer will talk about immigration and the area, who she represents, and the laws on the books about immigration and deportation.
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then we will examine the cartels including smuggling and narcotics. he is the author of the book "midnight in mexico: the journey of a reporter into darkness." then we will discuss the volume and flow across the border. and we will talk about how trade benefits laredo and the country. the texas direct there and a nap that critic will look at how nafta took jobs from southern texas to mexico and how it hurts mexicans as well. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal wednesday and thursday, june 1 and two from laredo, texas. conventions at 2016 -- commencement addresses continues.
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later, attorney loretto lynch. administrator gina macarthur told graduates at vermont law school to consider careers and public service. she also spoke about the efforts onion's climate change. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, students. you rock! hello vermont law school lawyers. i have to start by saying two things. first of all, congratulations to all the masters. you don't intimidate had all. i have one of those. i want to say up front, i am not a lawyer and really i have
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